Dymonte Thomas carries the "athlete" label in recruiting circles. It's a euphemism college coaches and scouts use for "we don't know where he's going to play, but he can play somewhere."
The Class of 2013 product has found out a lot of schools think he can play somewhere. Iowa and Notre Dame jumped in with scholarship offers for the Alliance, Ohio prospect last week. They joined Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, UCLA and West Virginia.
"I'm going to try to visit all of the schools that have offered me and after that see which one fits me," said Thomas, who is viewed as a running back and safety. "I'm not going to let the (recruiting) process drag out. I'm going to commit after my last game of my junior year."
Thomas reports that he's 6-foot-1, 180-pounds and ran a 4.51-second, 40-yard dash at a underclassmen combine in Cleveland.
"I really don't care where I play," Thomas said. "I just want to see the field. Position will not be a factor in my decision."
Iowa Assistant Phil Parker is the lead recruiter for Thomas. The Hawkeyes view him as a safety.
"I've never been to Iowa but I plan on taking a visit there in the next month," said Thomas, who played seven different positions on defense during a game last season. "I really don't know a whole lot about them."
Thomas is friends with incoming Iowa recruit Johnny Lowdermilk, who also prepped in Ohio.
"He sent me a text telling me how nice it is there and he told me to go for a visit to check it out," Thomas said.
Thomas also plays baseball and wrestles at Marlington High.
"Basketball is for girls," he said.
Thomas said that he's looking for a good business school and wants to connect with a coaching staff, especially his position coach.
He recently named Michigan as is favorite. He said that came with a clause.
"I've only visited Michigan, Michigan State and Louisville and Michigan stood out among those three," he said. "I still want to see a lot of other schools and that certainly could change things."